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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1977 Jun;74(6):2256-8.

Amino acid sequence of human platelet factor 4.


Human platelet factor 4, a protein that binds heparin, has been purified to apparent homogeneity and the complete amino acid sequence of the protein has been determined. The 70-residue polypeptide chain contains no methionine, tryptophan, or phenylalanine, and contains only a single tyrosyl residue. The sequence analysis demonstrates a highly negatively charged amino-terminal region. The carboxyl-terminal region of the polypeptide is unusual in that it contains a repetitive clustering of positively charged and hydrophobic pairs of amino acids; preliminary evidence suggests that this domain may play a role in the binding of heparin.

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